The very smoky, woody, floral, nutty, herbal, vegetative, mildly incense-like, dry, very sour and spicy, leathery, slightly barbecue sweet dark fired Kentucky is the major component. The grassy, citrusy Virginias also offer light tangy dark fruit, wood, earth and a couple of floral notes. They are an important condiment. This blend starts out at the medium mark, but by the half way point, gathers some potency. Overall, the strength and nic-hit are a couple of steps past the medium threshold. The taste is a rung past that mark as it just falls short of the center of medium to full. No chance of bite or harshness, but there is a small rough edge present. This blend was pressed into a cake and then placed in a holding press for a month. That reduced the strength a mite, but also smoothly rounded out the flavors, and eliminated many of the rough edges. It also created a mellower, smoother, sweeter, matured, lightly fermented quality to the experience. No chance of bite or harshness exists here. The moisture level is temperate, and the tobacco is ready to smoke as is. No matter how you prepare this easily broken apart plug, it burns cool, clean and a tad slow with a very consistent, mildly complex and sweet, and a touch more sour, spicy savory blend. The aspects translate to the pleasantly lingering after taste, and stronger room note. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, though it requires some relights. Not an all day smoke, but it’s repeatable.
A single piece of dark brown kake, breaking down the middle, a little moist but not too wet for immediate smoking. With a gentle rub a coarse consistency can be achieved; for a cool, long smoke.
Certain blends afford the justification for many descriptive words, others don't. To me this is congruent with the latter. The smoke offers lots of Kentucky, albeit more smoky and fragrant than sharp or bitter. There's less, much less, Virginia. But, although nowhere near as headstrong as the Kentucky there's a definite presence of ripe fruit and a speck of ''freshness''. The burn's as good as it gets; slow, cool smoke, very independent once lit. Lots of flavour but no bite.
First of all, it gives a salty taste which follows you for most of the first 1/3rd of the bowl, then it goes peppery and then bitter... As you go through the bowl and pass the half mark, you still have the saltyness with an acrid bold woody undertone which I can only relate to Burly. It has a Heavy retrohale and I couldn't reverse retrohale _I call when you sip, release and inhale through the nose without inhaling the smoke to your lungs, reverse retrohale_ it without cuffing at first. Nicotine hits you in the last 1/3rd of the bowl, with a little sweetness. And the bitterness, ah the bitterness is killing me right now... Beware... it's Not suitable for the inexperienced pipe smoker at all!
Pipe Used: Hilson churchwarden
Age When Smoked: Unknown
Purchased From: Local tobacconist in Dallas, Texas
So I saw this a little while ago and I thought that it would be up my alley. So this is a product of the Slow-Aged series. The description on pipesandcigars tells me that it was pressed into cakes and then held in a press for a month to smooth and mature the flavors.
The packaging is timeless. It makes me want to fill a bowl and sit in front of a fire. When opened I found a brick of densely pressed tobacco, which is very dark in colour. The cake really reminds me of the John Cotton's Double Pressed Kentucky. It crumbles out into what would describe as a broken flake. The smell in the tin is deep like the smell of burning leaves on the wind, some hay, and spice. It's easy to pack and light.
Once lit it makes a lot of white smoke. The Kentucky is what I taste the most, tangy, woody, and barbecue-y with a slight spice. The Virginias add sweetness and roundness. The smoothness reminds me of some of the English Burleys I've been smoking. The flavour is deep and rich.
The taste is a medium, with a nice full body and a nice aftertaste. The strength is a medium-strong, I can feel it slightly and I've eaten about 2 hours ago. This burns slow and cool. The room note is Burley forward so keep that in mind. This is a very nice smokable blend that reminds me a lot of John Cotton's Double Pressed Kentucky.
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